AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The Avon United Methodist Church [UMC], 507 Garfield Ave., is in the process of being torn down after the con- gregation merged with Ballard United Methodist Church in Asbury Park in 2016.
“They started the demolition of the Methodist church on Garfield [Monday],” Mayor John Magrini said at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. “We’re sad to see another historic structure get torn down, but unfortunately, it’s progress, in some people’s eyes.”
In August of 2016, after celebrating the church’s 100th anniversary, church officials decided it was within the church’s best interest to close the Avon location and merge with the Asbury Park church.
Later that year, UMC closed its doors for good. Earlier this year, a “for sale” sign was noticed outside the UMC.
Avon officials said in early March that although the church would be nice for the borough to own, at a price point of $1.4 million, “we don’t want to speculate in real estate with taxpayer money.”
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